Diocesan Enews
Welcome to the Enews for 4 June

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The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued a joint statement about recent events in the USA. "Recent events in the United States of America have once again drawn public attention to the ongoing evil of white supremacy. Systemic racism continues to cause incalculable harm across the world." Read the statement in full here
Bishop Stephen Cottrell will be confirmed as the 98th Archbishop of York at 11am on Thursday, July 9, in a service broadcast entirely via video conference, due to Coronavirus restrictions. As Presiding Judge, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, has granted permission for the virtual service to take place. Read more here
Bishop Nick Baines returned to church for the first time since lockdown to celebrate one of the key festivals in the Church’s calendar at Ripon Cathedral. He lead a 10.30am streamed service, which was broadcast on Sunday, May 31 as well as preac hed at the feast of Pentecost, celebrating the birthday of the Church itself. Watch it here
Coinciding with Trinity Sunday, where the Church celebrates the mystery of the Holy Trinity, Environment Sunday is also taking place on June 7. The Diocese of Leeds is marking it with new resources to help churches celebrate God’s Creation. The theme for this year is ‘Time for Nature’, where we recognise that what we need to live comes from God’s world. Read more here
How people of different faiths have responded to the current crisis has been able to be shared with the wider world, thanks to a blog from the Diocese of Leeds. ‘Keeping Faith’ was set up by Diocesan Interfaith Advisor Revd Jenny Ramsden to share how people’s faith is keeping them going during these difficult times. Read more here
A member of the Wakefield Cathedal choir has produced a beautiful, digital rendition of Lloyd's four part anthem View Me Lord. Jessica Parnell, a choral scholar at Wakefield Cathedral, recorded the anthem at home, singing all four parts individually and editing them together into one recording. Read more here
The great welcome of one of our churches is being supported by their local authority with a new grant, as part of a scheme to help hospitality activities during the current crisis. The Eldwick Church received £10,000 from the Bradford Metropolitan District Council after being encouraged to apply by them. Read more here
Physical distancing rules not only mean congregations have been forced online, it also means that for some people it has been months since they have had any physical contact from a friend or loved one. But some of that absence has been compensated for by a team from Ackworth parish, who have shared over 120 "pocket hugs" with people in the village.  Read more here
The Bishops of our diocese sent a message of friendship to all Muslim people across our region as they marked the end of Ramadan. “To Muslim friends, colleagues and communities on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr 2020, we send our warm greetings on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, particularly this year at the end of a Ramadan observed during lockdown." Read more here
The Diocese of Leeds Lay Training Team are happy to announce that they are taking applications for three upcoming courses that will be beginning in the Autumn term 2020: Licensed Lay Ministry (fo rmerly Reader Training), Lay Worship Leaders' Course and Lay Pastoral Ministry Course. Find out more by reading their most recent newsletter.
Bradford Cathedral's previous HOPE ON THE EDGE event, led by Christian young people, urged that we halt the environmental damage we are inflicting on Planet Earth. In this special online session they’ll look at the impact we can make in the following areas: ‘Homes and Buildings’; ‘Transport’; ‘Trees and Nature’. For more information please visit their website.
On Wednesday, June 17 a special talk will take attendees through the fascinating story of the Leeds' oldest places of worship, their history and how they served, and continue to serve, their congregations. Professor Joyce Hill is an international authority on the transmission of Christian culture in early medieval Europe. Find out more on the Leeds Civic Trust website.
On Thursday, June 25 at 12pm an Inspiring Everyday Faith webinar will feature insights on how to lead well in times of accelerating change with contributors from The Arthur Rank Centre, CPAS, Jesus Shaped People, LICC, Mothers’ Union and more. The Inspiring Everyday Faith webinar series shares ideas, innovations and insights from the work of Setting God’s People Free.  Register and find out more here.
Originally planned to be hosted in Leeds, the national church planting conference is going online on Thursday, June 25. It is designed to equip, stimulate and inspire people for the next season of ministry. They are bringing together mov ement leaders and speakers from England and further afield, as well as testimonies from church planters who are breaking new ground. Find out more and book a place here.
“Law and Life in the Anglican Communion” is the title of the first Ecclesiastical Law Society lecture to be held online. This lecture, the second in the ELS Northern Province Lecture series 2020, will be given by the Bishop of Ripon, the Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, and will take place on June 25. Find out more about the event here.
On our website we have made a list of the church services and events being live streamed across our diocese. This is so anyone in our area is able to find their neares t live streamed Sunday service or prayer meeting. Follow this link to vie w the list and email communications@leeds.anglican.org if you want your church to feature.
An exchange trip, taking young people from Leeds to visit the link Diocese of Southwestern Virginia in the USA, will be taking place in July and August 2021. It is a great opportunity to meet other young people and participate in a variety of different experiences. Young people should be aged between 16-18 and it requires fundraising of £1500. To apply please follow this link and i f you have any questions, please email: virginiayouthexchange@leeds.anglican.org
The electronic version of the Archdeacons News for 2020 is now available from our website. There will be no printed copies of the newsletter this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please feel free to circulate it to churchwarden s and anyone else you might normally send it to. Find a downloadable version here.
The latest edition of Money For Mission, produced by our stewardship, income generation and finance teams is now available. Here they hope to answer some of the questions you may have around church finances and provide useful resources and information. Follow this link to read it.
A new COVID-19 section of our website, designed to give easy access to information and resources regarding coronavirus, is now available. It can be accessed via the banner on the home page and contains links to Church of England advice for parishes, clerg y and worshippers, plus downloadable material from the national church. Read more here
Like many businesses at the moment, Cornerstone Christian Books and Resources in Skipton, have had to change and adapt. Although many of their staff are on furloug h, they are still willing to be contacted and take orders. Take a look at their website here or why not like their page on Facebook ?
Our Children, Young people and Families Team have gathered a number of great resources on the Digital Learning Platform, to support and equip parents, children, young people and church youth leaders during this time of physical distancing. Find and access the resources here.
Lockdown is not Shutdown - read the latest edition of th e Growing Your Church newsletter , produced by Robin Gamble, the Bishop's Advisor for Church Growth in the Diocese. Find inspiring thoughts, resources and advice about all things church growth, particularly during this season of lockdown.
A great variety of resources, online training and learning communities can be found on the Diocese of Leeds Digital Learning Platform - and you ca n join up now by visiting it and registering here
The latest edition of the Prayer Diary is now online to download.There are fresh prayers for Sudan as well as prayers for Tanzania. Download prayers here.
 .. .is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here .
Here one of our stewardship officers, Becky Nicholson, offers some ideas to help churches continue to fundraise, even when your church community is apart. Watch it here
A member of the Wakefield Cathedal choir has produced a beautiful, digital rendition of Lloyd's four part anthem View Me Lord. Jessica Parnell, a choral scholar at Wakefield Cathedral, recorded the anthem at home, singing all four parts individually and editing them together into one recording. Watch it here
Lighthouse is a fresh expression of church based in the centre of Leeds, which reaches out to those battered and bruised by the storms of life. Here is a video, offering a glimpse into all the amazing work they have continued to do to serve and support people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch it here
Robin Gamble, the Bishop's Advisor for Church Growth in the Diocese of Leeds, has started a new Youtube channel . Watch his most recent video where he explores Rainbow Evangelism.  
St John's is one of 5 resourcing churches within the Bradford Episcopal Area. This role is for a 2 year term starting as soon as possible, 20 hours per week and comes with a salary of £10k per annum.  Find out more here
The Parish of Keighley in partnership with St John’s Ingrow are seeking to appoint an energetic, imaginative, experienced and suitably qualified person to the position of Youth Worker for Keighley.  Find out more here
The vicar and PCC of St Peter and St Leonard Horbury are looking to appoint a dynamic and engaging part time Children and Families Worker who desires to bring children and families into a living relationship with Jesus Christ, expressed in worship and growing in faith.  Find out more here
Useful links & Information
For safeguarding issues, contact: 
Jenny Leccardi  07872 005189 or
 Narinder Lyon  07872 005309
Moves and Appointments

Revd Cindy Sheard to be Assistant Curate in the Mirfield Team Ministry (Huddersfield EA).

Revd Robb Wainwright to be House for Duty Associate Priest for Bishop Monkton and Burton Leonard (Ripon EA).

Revd Antony Laotan, currently serving Assistant Curate at Holy Trinity, Idle to be Incumbent of Christ Church in the Benefice of Stamford (Diocese of Lincoln).
Useful Contact Details
The Who's Who directory lists clergy & diocesan staff (email addresses & phone numbers). Access it here  
Contact us with your news
Please contact the Communications Team with your news for future editions. The Enews is published twice a month. The next edition will be sent out on June 18. Area news stories to enews@leeds.anglican.org   
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